Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Freedom Of Religion!

Exactly what religion was 'thee', religion that our country was founded upon. Was it indeed 'Christianity'?

The meaning of the word 'Christian' means 'Follower of Christ.' so ... a person can be a "Christian" having almost nothing more in common with any organized Christian religion, than that they respected the beautiful words of Jesus enough to 'follow' Him. Likewise a person can be labeled as "Christian", regardless of how well they may follow Jesus, based upon their membership in a 'Christian Church.'

But nothing defines a persons motives, desires or true beliefs better than their quotes spoken through their 'leasure time' letters to family or friends, when they are not necessarily being 'politically correct', and the information is NOT for the electorate's (voter's) ears.

Historians have revealed that almost to a man, save for one John Jay, our American Founding Fathers were Deist's.

A discription of Deism, from the Deist Website, linked on the right.

"Deism is knowledge of God based on the application of our reason on the designs/laws found throughout nature. The designs presuppose a Designer. Deism is therefore a natural religion and is not a "revealed" religion."

These two Deism slogans, shed some light on our constitution.......

"God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion." and this one, did it end up on our coins in an altered state, having cut out the word 'Nature'.... and adding a word 'Do' ?"In Nature's God We Trust."

Don't forget our Founding Fathers needed to be voted into office, and the majority of the first American Citizens were various sects of Christianity.

Here in alphabetical order are some of the more prominent Founding Fathers.

John Adams

Who better to hear it from than one of our own Founding Fathers!

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principals of freedom."

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."

"Power always thinks it has a great soul, and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing Gods service when it is violating all his laws."

"Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it."

As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?

All of the above quotes are by John Adams.

John Adams became the second president of the United States, after having served as Vice President in President Geo Washington's cabinet. He was a Statesman, Diplomat, and leader of American independence from Great Britain. Born Oct.30th 1735, in Braintree (later called Quincy) Massachusetts. His Vice President was Thomas Jefferson.

Benjamine Franklin.

At the signing of the Declaration Of Independance, Benjamine Franklin replied to a comment made by John Hancock.

"Yes, we must indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang seperately!"

He declared himself as a Deist in his 1771 autobiography, although he still considered himself a Christian considering Christianity to be beneficial to goodness and morality.

He established 'daily prayer' for 'Divine Protection', declaring...
"And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?"

In a letter to Ezra Stiles, president of Yale University...
"As to Jesus Of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present 'Dissenters In England' some doubts as to his divinity, tho it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble."
Spoken about a month before he died at the age of 84.

Thomas Jefferson

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason,than that of blind-folded fear."

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read, "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" The insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantel of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindoo and the Infidel of every denomination."

James Madison

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries."

Thomas Paine

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."

George Washington

"what gracious God is man! That there should be such inconsistency and perfidiousness in his conduct?

A wealthy Farmer, Surveyor, fox hunter, Officer of the Virginia Militia, General of the Continental Army, President of the Constitutional Convention and First President of the newly formed United States Of America.